MACNA was absolutely fantastic and I loved every single minute of it, there was so much to see and do. The exhibitor stands were numerous and varied, with some amazing display tanks and we attended as many of the talks as we could fit in.
I particularly loved the stands from Biota, Ora and POMA Labs showcasing their captive bred fish. The 67-day old juvenile Yellow Tangs and teeny tiny Mandarin fish from Biota were just fabulous. If I could have successfully sneaked a Mandarin in my bag I would have. There were numerous coral vendors but I didn't dwell too long on the frag trays as I knew I was unable to take any home with me. The speakers were all excellent, with Martin Moe's 'Diadema sea urchin culture' and Elizabeth Groover's 'Ornamental wrasse culture' presentations being particularly fascinating to me.
On the Friday night there was a reception by the pool with nibbles & drinks and the evening's entertainment was provided by the band 'Live Rock', lol. Saturday night heralded the gala dinner with the Keynote speaker Charlie Veron who has certainly had an amazing life to date and observed first hand the declining health of corals on the Great Barrier Reef. Both events gave us a chance to mingle and chat with other reefers.
In a flash MACNA was over and we were on our way home again, boo hoo! I had a blast and would happily attend again if I could convince my better half.
Hi, my name is Lisa and I live in Derby, UK. I am a self-confessed reefaholic!